Sunday, October 18, 2009

Man Week - Day 1 (cont...again)

Ok, so the night experience is still so new since I've only camped out here a couple of times. I took a shower (yes, this thing has a shower), fixed a stiff drink and went and sat outside...awesome. It's amazing what you notice when you turn off all electronics (Ok, I had to turn the computer back on to capture this moment, but forget that for a sec) and just observe.

Here's what I saw/heard:

-There is no moon tonight. Combine this with the fact that the only light is from our front neighbor's "street" light that is barely filtering through the trees, and you have a perfect setup for stargazing. And man, are there a lot of stars out. I have no idea what I'm looking at, constellationally speaking, but I can recognize the difference between looking at the stars in the suburbs of Austin versus in the country.

-A lone firefly that didn't get the memo that summer is over. I kinda felt sorry for the guy. Hang in there buddy, we'll see you again in about 6 months.

-5 dark lumps about 50 feet from the RV. Those lumps turned out to be the 3 cows and the donkeys. I appreciate them keeping an eye on me, and making sure this city boy stays safe during the night.

-An amazing, loud concert put on by the local crickets. Again, I don't think they got the memo that summer is over and fall is in full swing with the 70 degree weather (it's about 60 degrees as I write this, forcing me to put on a sweatshirt I had to dust off). While I feel bad for the singing insects, I still appreciate the soothing background "noise".

-An uncomfortably close coyote howl. I'm not going to lie, this beautiful sound made the hair on my neck stand up. I was equally fascinated and scared shitless at the same time.

-A cow burp. Luckily this happened shortly after the coyote made me uncomfortable. Thanks Roony.

Overall, this has been a very good night. The only thing that could have made this better was if Jenna was with me, but we'll just have to replay this "movie" later this week (score one for Jer).

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